Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Wordless Wednesday 154: Serenity

A peaceful stream at UW Arboretum * Madison, WI


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Monday, October 20, 2014

Teaser Tuesday 239: Tomb With a View

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current book or recent read.
* Share a few "teaser" sentences from somewhere in the book.
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away. You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title and author so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!




This week I am catching up with another cozy mystery series. I finished book five in the "Pepper Martin" series by Casey Daniels over the weekend and immediately started book six, Tomb With a View. This is how it opens:

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If I knew Marjorie Klinker was going to get murdered, I might have been nicer to her. Well . . . maybe. Unfortunately, though I have the incredibly annoying "Gift" of being able to see and talk to the dead, I am not psychic. Which means I have no way of predicting the future. That morning in late summer when it all started, I didn't know what was going to happen in just a little over twenty-four hours, and not knowing it, when my boss, Ella Silverman, informed me that I'd be working side by side with Marjorie, I reacted the way any rational human being would.

I freaked.



ABOUT THE BOOK:
Series: Pepper Martin #6


Cemetery tour guide and reluctant medium Pepper Martin is always up for some fun that doesn't involve seeing and talking to dead people. So a gig commemorating a dead president can only mean good times are not ahead . . .

Since Cleveland's Garden View Cemetery is going to be celebrating James A. Garfield's 179th birthday, Pepper has been assigned to plan it with Marjorie Klinker, know-it-all volunteer and Garfield fanatic. It's enough to send Pepper to an early grave—especially because Marjorie won't shut up about being related to the late president.

But when Marjorie takes an assisted header over the balcony in the Garfield memorial, Pepper needs to solve the case—if only to show up her detective ex-boyfriend. It doesn't help that Garfield's ghost is boring Pepper to tears with his excessive use of his freedom of speech. She's made an executive decision to find a flesh-and-blood killer, and she's going to stick t it—even if it gets her assassinated . . .





Thursday, October 16, 2014

Skywatch Friday 78

Scenes from a dreary rainy day (Oct 14) . . .




I didn't notice the bird when I took this photo--at least someone didn't mind the weather.


I like the slight tree reflection in the wet pavement in this one




Spider webs and red leaf reflected in the rain-drenched window



Facade of the building next door




Shadowy outline of a telephone pole





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Thursday Thirteen 354: Thirteen Titles



This weekend is the Wisconsin Book Festival, so I thought I would feature thirteen random book titles with "thirteen" in the title . . .


1. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

2. Thirteen by Tom Hoyle

3. Thirteen Moons by Charles Frazier

4. Lean Mean Thirteen by Janet Evanovich

5. Thirteen by Candice Ransom

6. Number Thirteen by Bella Jewel

7. The Thirteen Problems by Agatha Christie

8. Thirteen (Women of the Otherworld #13) by Kelley Armstrong

9. Thirteen Days to Midnight by Patrick Carman

10. Thirteen Weddings by Paige Toon

11. The Thirteen Hallows (Thirteen Hallows #1) by Michael Scott and Colette Freedman

12. Thirteen Steps Down by Ruth Rendel

13. Field of Thirteen by Dick Francis


I haven't read any of these, though a couple have caught my attention. You?



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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Monday, October 13, 2014

Teaser Tuesday 238: A Killer Crop

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current book or recent read.
* Share a few "teaser" sentences from somewhere in the book.
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away. You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title and author so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!



This week I am reading a cozy mystery, A Killer Crop by Sheila Connolly. This is book four in her Orchard series. I've been meaning to catch up on this series for a while now, and the harvest theme of this book is certainly appropriate to the season.


"Hello, Meg? This is Raynard. You need to come home. There's been some trouble."

Chapter 8










ABOUT THE BOOK:
An Orchard Mystery #4

When Meg Corey’s mother arrives unannounced in Granville, Massachusetts, Meg’s sure it’s not just to pay a surprise visit to the apple of her eye. The timing is terrible—it’s harvest season and Meg is understaffed in the orchard. Plus Elizabeth Corey is clearly hiding the real purpose of her trip from her daughter.

After an English professor from Amherst—who is an old friend of her mother—is found dead on the floor of a cider house, Elizabeth is interrogated by the police, and then grilled by her daughter. She is indeed keeping a secret—but could Meg’s own mother really have committed murder? One thing is clear: someone decided to teach the professor a lesson. And the key to unlocking the mystery may lie with a poet who could not stop for death . . .






Random Photo: Purple Asters

Asters * October 7, 2014




Sunday, October 12, 2014

Delightful Duo

Two more ornaments completed last week. These were a pain in the you-know-what to do. The dress of the pink angel especially gave me trouble, and I was reminded how much I dislike stitching with gold metallic thread, particularly with the wings. Looks cool, but it frays far too easily.










Patterns stitched from Cross-Stitch Christmas (1994)



Friday, October 10, 2014

Friday Skywatch 77

Colder temps are really making leaf color start to pop. This is a line of trees at the UW Arboretum, along the Beltline Highway. Don't you love those colors against that bright October blue sky?







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Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Thursday Thirteen 353: Shades of Autumn







Asters




Milkweed pods dispersing seeds




Frost Asters













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Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Wordless Wednesday 152: Little Finch

Juvenile American Goldfinch perched on a sprig of Russian sage.



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Monday, October 06, 2014

Teaser Tuesday 237: The Mysterious Affair at Styles

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current book or recent read.
* Share a few "teaser" sentences from somewhere in the book.
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away. You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title and author so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!




I finished The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie Sunday night. This classic mystery was the first to feature the iconic Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot. This was an excellent read, one I highly recommend.


We strained and heaved together. The framework of the door was solid, and for a long time it resisted our efforts, but at last we felt it give beneath our weight, and finally, with a resounding crash, it was burst open.

(Chapter 3)






ABOUT THE BOOK:

Agatha Christie is the most popular mystery writer of all time. With over two billion copies of her books in print, her genius for detective fiction is unparalleled. She is truly the one and only Queen of Crime.

The Mysterious Affair at Styles introduces Hercule Poirot, the brilliant—and eccentric—detective who, at a friend's request, steps out of retirement—and into the shadows of a classic mystery on the outskirts of Essex. The victim is the wealthy mistress of Styles Court, found in her locked bedroom with the name of her husband on her dying lips. Poirot has a few questions for her fortune-hunting new spouse, her aimless stepsons, her private doctor, and her hired companion. The answers are positively poisonous. Who's responsible, and why, can only be revealed by the master detective himself.




Sunday, October 05, 2014

Three Kings

The first of this year's ornaments to be shared . . .













Patterns stitched from Cross-Stitch Christmas (1994)



Friday, October 03, 2014

Skywatch Friday 76

Autumn is creeping in . . .

















The above photos were taken last week, on September 24. Since then, the birch trees on our street have all been blown completely bare by the wind, while others are just starting to turn.



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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Wordless Wednesday 151: Some of my Neighbors are Real Turkeys

Wild turkeys are native to Wisconsin, but in the 1880s they were wiped out due to destruction of habitat and over-hunting. In the 1970s, the state's Department of Natural Resources (DNR) brought 350 turkeys in from Missouri. As the populations grew, they were distributed in other areas and are once again found throughout the entire state, particularly in southern Wisconsin.

It is not unusual to see a few birds roaming urban neighborhoods, especially those near parks and nature preserves. On the evening the following photos were taken, I encountered seven birds in one end of a nearby park -- a few days earlier there had been fourteen. I sat on the edge of the vacant basketball court and watched a while as they ranged between the edge of the park (coming within a few yards of me) and a neighboring backyard's birdfeeders. Urban wild turkeys have grown used to the presence of pesky humans, and will generally leave you alone so long as you leave them alone. I enjoy seeing them during my walks, and they are so ungainly that watching them run always makes me laugh.

















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